PLanning a Wedding During a Pandemic
Over the past year, the wedding industry has been tested like never before! We have all needed to improvise and adapt to the ever-changing rules and restrictions. Today, I am here to share my advice for couples who are planning their wedding during a pandemic.
communication is key
Before hiring your vendors, ask them how they have dealt with postponements and cancellations due to Covid-19. What is their policy? In what circumstances are you eligible for a refund? If you move your date, will you incur a rebooking fee? How close to your event are you able to postpone with your venue and other vendors? Ensure that you have contract language in place that protects you if the worst-case scenario were to occur.
lean on your planner
During a time of uncertainty, it is important to lean on the experts. Your planner will have the most up-to-date information on state mandates, and how they affect your wedding. Additionally, they will hold your vendors accountable, and ensure that they communicate their updated terms of service. Your planner is instrumental in problem-solving and pivoting where the need is, so utilize their expertise!
find the silver lining
If your wedding is impacted by restrictions caused by the pandemic, it is important to find the silver lining. There are many great things about intimate weddings! First and foremost, they allow you to focus on quality over quantity. You and your partner will have more time to spend with each of your guests. Additionally, since you are hosting fewer people, you may add some elements that make the day extra special. Some ideas are:
Enhance your dining experience with an upgraded menu or a wine pour.
Add a styled lounge or a fun installation above your head table.
Create a fun, covid safe experience - such as a photo backdrop.
My personal favorite - splurge on a special honeymoon when it is safe to travel!